In the end, the tea party will be the big loser as a result of the election ["Will GOP learn from 2012?" Editorial, Nov. 15]. Why do I say this? Well, the Republican Party will have to move toward the center to remain vibrant.

Political reality is that to continue to welcome the far right will result in the marginalization of the GOP. To have a realistic chance to win a national election, the Republicans will be forced to shift toward the center.

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The question is, will the tea party fractionalize the Republicans by forming a third party if their ideas are pushed aside? So far, the tea party has stubbornly refused to compromise its positions. If the tea party members maintain their right-wing stance no matter what, then any change in the Republican Party toward the center will cause it to come apart.

Joseph Marcal, Commack

Editor's note: The writer was a social studies teacher for 38 years in New York City and Plainview-Old Bethpage.